Easy Organizing Solutions for Every Room
Organizing the clutter of our lives doesn't mean relying on boring boxes. Think out of the box for clever ways to store necessities throughout your home.
Built-ins organize a lakehouse mudroom, meaning there is less work to find what you need to have fun.
It's not supposed to be a futility closet, right? Get a head start on household chores by better organizing your go-to gear. Drawers, caddy shacks, lazy Susans, hanging racks and collapsible items will help. See all our tips for organizing your utility closet.
Use a sheet metal insert to turn the inside of a cabinet door into a convenient storage space with magnetic hooks, containers and clips.
Buckets of fun
Layer on some bright contact paper and hang a bucket from a door hook for bathroom organization.
Egg carton storage
Organizing solutions don't come much cheaper than an egg carton! Use the egg side for small items such as pins, thumb tacks, staples and batteries. The larger side holds scissors and pencils.
A cake stand or two plates glued to a candlestick elevate tiny bottles and tubes on a bathroom counter.
Ribbon makes an attractive-and easy-way to organize your garden plans. Each ribbon represents a month; use clothespins to attach seed packets or other reminders of what to do.
Cans and paint add clever storage. Clean and spray-paint cans in coordinating colors. Arrange them geometrically or whimsically, attaching each to the wall with a single screw through the bottom or with heavy-duty wall-mounting tape.
Storage under stairs
Do you have an awkwardly-shaped closet or empty space under your steps? Think about redesigning that area with storage drawers to make the best use of space.
Add drawer pulls to inexpensive wooden crates to make them easier to pull out from shelves.
Revitalize terra-cotta flowerpots with a coat of bright paint and some rub-on accents. We used scrapbooking stickers to add playful patterns to our containers.
Keep tools at your fingertips with a garage storage system.
Store it on a door
Forget one hook. Hang a shoe holder and you've got dozens of pockets. Clear plastic makes it easy to find what you need, but fabric gives a sleeker look.
A mailbox wearing a bright coat of paint and funky contact paper hangs at the back door as a perfect spot for outgoing mail and car keys.
A window seat does double duty when it contains storage under the cushions. The depth makes it a good spot for large quantities or bulky items. Here, big bags of dog food are easy to access at dinnertime.
Get a system
Organize the clutter of gift-wrapping with poles mounted between shelving units. Take out a shelf, insert expandable curtain rods, and you've got a wrapping station.
Clear cookie jars are repurposed as supply holders. Tea bags, ice cream scoops, or whatever you use on a regular basis comes out of a drawer and into the light.
Eggcups are perfect for holding handfuls of odds and ends, such as paper clips, thumbtacks, rubber bands and stamps. Antique versions add interest to your work-a-day world.
A little wooden box mounted to the back of an entertainment center door provides a perch for multiple remotes.
Pegboard moves out of the garage. Mount it on beaded board, frame it with curvy molding, and unify it with a coat of paint. Add hooks and rods to organize sewing, cooking or crafting supplies.
Post a message
Four magnetic chalkboards hang in a row to form a family command post. Artwork, invites, to-do lists -- they are front and center here. A door painted with magnetic chalkboard paint and hung on the wall would work, too.
Transfer kitchen-organizing kits to the crafts room. These stainless-steel rods and hanging baskets corral scrapbooking supplies.
Fill a nook
A basket on wheels takes advantage of this nook. Here, a door hinges shut to hide the bags of recyclables. Cute containers would eliminate the need for concealment.
A bench on wheels in the bedroom expands storage. Anything not needed this season stows out of sight, including several pairs of shoes.
Gadgets to go
Dedicate a drawer at the entry to organizing all the electronics you need as well as their chargers. Drawer dividers keep it easy to grab and go.
Under a shelf
Nail the lids of shapely jars to the underside of a cabinet, fill the jar with little necessities, and you've got instant access.
Drawers of possibilites
A coat of paint, four casters and a rope handle transformed an old drawer into underbed storage.
Card catalog-style drawers stow DVDs and CDs out of sight.
This tiny office and its adjoining cupboard have it all: pegboard or hanging items, whiteboard and chalkboard for notes, clearly labeled recycling containers as well as neatly stowed cleaning supplies. Scrap booking papers and colorful office supplies add punch.
Clean it up
Label bins in pullout cupboard to ease recycling duties.
Overhead cubbies in a mudroom organize seasonal equipment while adding clean lines to the look.
Underbed storage makes it easy for kids to get their toys and supplies. Chalkboard paint lets you customize labels in a snap.
Baskets on pegboards keep entertaining supplies at the ready. Hooks also hold outdoor lighting that might not be able to withstand stormy seasons.
Wall hooks are versatile tools. Here they hold clearly labeled buckets of goodies for play and chores.
Pullout shelves, some at a slant, make finding family diversions simple.
Active families have tons of stuff, so they need tons of storage. This wall is dedicated to a system that stows it all.